Joseph Drouhin Bonnes Mares 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2006 Bonnes-Mares is showing better than the Amoureuses after its recent bottling, and clearly will be an excellent example of the vintage. The bouquet is deep and serious, as it jumps from the glass in a blend of black plums, dark berries, bitter chocolate, venison, earth and smoke. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, ripely tannic and quite deep at the core, with lovely shape and grip on the backend. With time this wine will deliver lovely vibrancy and cut, and should prove to be most excellent. 2016- 2040+...92-94+." John Gilman 12/07"Like the Clos de Vougeot, this is unusually expressive at this very early stage with a highly seductive nose that combines a full panoply of red, blue and black fruit aromas, including blueberry and cassis along with an ample range of spice and earth nuances that complement perfectly the ripe, rich, intense and sweet medium full flavors that possess a beguiling texture on the driving finish. This is not a big or especially powerful Bonnes Mares, even by the standards of the elegant and refined Drouhin style but it's exceptionally classy and perfectly balanced. The 2006 wine of the vintage for Drouhin...93." Burghound 4/08 "Exuberantly pungent aromas of raspberry, sassafras, sage, and pepper greet the nose from the glass of Drouhin 2006 Bonnes Mares. Sappy and bright; lip-smacking and palate-sticking in its intensity; as so often from its appellation, this acts more like a high spirited stallion than a mature mare. The mineral dimension here is marine, with suggestions of brine, iodine, and shrimp shell reduction. More emphatic in its spice, pungency, and fresh fruit cut than most of its fellow Drouhin 2006s, this shares with them its virtues of clarity and cleanliness, and boasts refined tannins...93" WA 12/09

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Joseph Drouhin:
DEDICATION TO THE DIVERSITY OF BURGUNDY With close to 90 different appellations, Joseph Drouhin offers a fascinating array of Burgundy terroirs in all their authenticity and subtle variations. A FAMILY HERITAGE For the last 130 years, Maison Joseph Drouhin has been in the hands of the Drouhin family. Today, the fourth generation is at the helm, animated by the same passion that inspired the founder of the company.

"The 2006 Bonnes-Mares is showing better than the Amoureuses after its recent bottling, and clearly will be an excellent example of the vintage. The bouquet is deep and serious, as it jumps from the glass in a blend of black plums, dark berries, bitter chocolate, venison, earth and smoke. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, ripely tannic and quite deep at the core, with lovely shape and grip on the backend. With time this wine will deliver lovely vibrancy and cut, and should prove to be most excellent. 2016- 2040+...92-94+." John Gilman 12/07"Like the Clos de Vougeot, this is unusually expressive at this very early stage with a highly seductive nose that combines a full panoply of red, blue and black fruit aromas, including blueberry and cassis along with an ample range of spice and earth nuances that complement perfectly the ripe, rich, intense and sweet medium full flavors that possess a beguiling texture on the driving finish. This is not a big or especially powerful Bonnes Mares, even by the standards of the elegant and refined Drouhin style but it's exceptionally classy and perfectly balanced. The 2006 wine of the vintage for Drouhin...93." Burghound 4/08 "Exuberantly pungent aromas of raspberry, sassafras, sage, and pepper greet the nose from the glass of Drouhin 2006 Bonnes Mares. Sappy and bright; lip-smacking and palate-sticking in its intensity; as so often from its appellation, this acts more like a high spirited stallion than a mature mare. The mineral dimension here is marine, with suggestions of brine, iodine, and shrimp shell reduction. More emphatic in its spice, pungency, and fresh fruit cut than most of its fellow Drouhin 2006s, this shares with them its virtues of clarity and cleanliness, and boasts refined tannins...93" WA 12/09

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